American Journal of Dance Therapy

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 277–286 | Cite as

Transcendence Via Active Imagination: Ritual, Culture and Choreographic Offerings

  • Cynthia F. BerrolEmail author


This paper concentrates on the presentation of a California Bay Area Jungian focused study group for the 50 Anniversary of the American Dance Therapy Association Annual Conference. Examining the evolution of Jung’s basic psychoanalytic perceptions over the years, this panel of presenters offered an in-depth study of related topics via lecture in the morning and its amplification via authentic movement in the service of dance/movement therapy in the afternoon. The latter included embodying and transforming remnants of participants’ morning reflections, channeled via authentic movement (AM). Panelist took turns leading an AM experience related to her morning’s topic and concluding by pairing or grouping participants to demonstrate and relate his/her personal journey. The final presenter initiated a process of transcendence in which the parts are amplified into choreography. Our panelists demonstrated a clinical approach to healing in which authentic movement stokes active imagination, elevating unconscious problematic issues to conscious awareness. Overtly expressed in choreographic form, such revelations can enable integrated therapeutic closure to group dance/movement therapy sessions.


Dance Therapy Active imagination Authentic movement Psychology Transcendence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HaywardUSA

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